Monday, 24 April 2017

The Rusty Blue Trailer Inspection Squad

The lambs are insatiably curious and so they couldn't just walk past this rusty blue trailer in the yard without inspecting it. Maggie checks the trailer bed for ridges:

Audrey is still trying to work out how to get on.

Anita is checking the tailgate.

Penny is helping.

Penny making sure the side of the trailer is tasty:

Audrey supervises Anita as she checks the tailgate for tastiness.

Maggie and Penny have calculated that there is room for two more lambs to stand here.

Maggie checks for tastiness.

Penny has a look around the outside.

She also checks to make sure the tailgate is at a suitable angle.

Anita is taste-testing.

Penny thinks this trailer could do with a coat of paint.

Audrey thinks the towbar is there. She is correct.

Another inspection of the trailer's outward appearance.

The tread plate on this tailgate is not to be ate.

While inspecting the wheels Penny gets a shock - she's not as small as she used to be and she is stuck!

With Penny freed, the Trailer Inspection Squad have declared that this trailer is not very tasty but should probably be painted or something.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

A Lamb and a Bandana

How do you make lambs look even cuter? Why, put a bandana on them, of course! I've always liked dogs in bandanas and so recently I went a bit mad and bought a rainbow collection of bandanas for the dogs and lambs to share. Audrey was my test subject for one of the bandanas and one of the new halters I'd bought. The lane was lined with beautiful daffodils.

Audrey was very interested in nibbling the grass...

...and would prefer to walk on it.

Another nibble break.

Spring was starting to bloom all around us.

Audrey is in pink because she is such a little sweetheart.

...Yes, there are a lot of nibble breaks when you're walking sheep.

At the bottom of the lane where cars whizz by. Audrey wasn't too bothered by the cars.

After a few minutes at the bottom of the lane we headed back again.

Back the top there was (you guessed it) another nibble break.

Tell all of your friends - lambs wearing bandanas is very cute.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Candid Canines

One of my new year goals for this blog was to include the dogs more - ever since Blue Belle's arrival in June 2015, they've gradually faded into the background of a blog that is called The Dogs of Greenhill Farm. I've found recently that photographing my dogs and keeping it interesting and fresh has become quite difficult. There are no new locations to explore, there are no puppies (which is a good thing - I have enough grown-up puppies).

Because I set my photography standards quite high, and because I'm never happy with the results, I don't take the camera out on walks anymore.

So as an experiment I did just that, but I forbade myself from asking the dogs to pose for me. I treated them like I would treat my pony or sheep subjects.

It was a beautiful, sunny day and the stream offered some extra interest to my photos.

Remember, there was no posing. I didn't say the "stay" word.

One of my favourites from the day.

We crossed the stream to walk around the field.

By this stage the dogs were starting to get tired and pose for me.

Jess is a little annoyance sometimes.

Tired puppy.

So it was an interesting experiment, and I certainly enjoyed myself (the dogs did too) but still I seem to have lost my "mojo" when it comes to dog photography. Is this just in my head? Maybe. I'll keep trying.